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Rome's Revolution Paperback – November 28, 2011
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"Rome's Revolution and The Ark Lords are delightful sci-fi romps and space opera books for readers who are interested in entertaining science fiction and want to be hooked by a good story." - Risingshadow.net
About the Author
Michael Brachman has a Ph.D. in Sensory Science with a minor in Computer Science. Rome's Revolution is his first science fiction series, depicting the enduring love between a man from the 21st century and a woman from the 35th century. Between the two of them, they fend off various threats to mankind. The science behind the science fiction is meticulously researched. It is so realistic, you will believe that these stories are true, they just haven't happened yet. There are now three books in the Rome's Revolution Series. Rome's Revolution - the origin The Ark Lords - the fast-paced sequel Rome's Evolution - the riveting conclusion
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Outside of some of the absurd situations and lapses in logic, there is a good story here.
For the price, recommended..
This is a rollicking good read that addresses some interesting themes about technology and the impact of artificial intelligences running our worlds for us.
The novel works as a true sci fi adventure and as a warning about our ever increasing over reliance on technology and our over confidence about our ability to control ever more intelligent and capable applications.
Well worth a read.
Rei (short for Reinard) and the rest of a planet-colonization crew were supposed to be in suspended animation for 120 years, but, due to a collision with an unknown object, he has been awakened 1400 years later by the Vuduri, who you can think of as mankind 2.0, people with enhanced genetic structure, telepathy, and an ever-present connection to a collective intelligence called “the Overmind.”
Culture shock ensues.
Fortunately for Rei, the Vuduri assign an official liaison to him, a woman named Rome. She is an outlier among the Vuduri; their interdependence with the Overmind has left them without much in the way of ego—they tend to see their interests and accomplishments only in terms of the collective, but Rome has inherited a sort of family tradition of taking a break from the Overmind now and then. This is what leads to Rei and Rome’s literal, if electronic, tête-a- tête and... love. That love is going to lead to the “revolution” in Rome’s life, pitting her and Rei against Vuduri culture and politics, a certain faction of which would like nothing better than to get rid of all humans 1.0.
The other major character is OMCOM, the primary artificial intelligence (AI). Rei finds the computer very helpful in acclimating himself to this new culture, but Rome warns him that there are certain things AIs are not allowed to do, like have access to faster-than-light propulsion or be allowed to add processing power to or make more of themselves. The computers, Rome says, “are not always...completely forthcoming.”
Ominous foreshadowing, right? Wrong. Trust me, you will enjoy the book much more if you know that nothing ever comes of that idea. OMCOM and his little buddy, MINIMCOM, are totally helpful throughout the book. But this false foreshadowing turns out to be only a minor annoyance—there will be evil AI, jumping out from behind a door when you least expect it, so to speak.
One of the strengths of this book is action. Just when you think the protagonists have earned a bit of downtime, the complexities of their situation generate new dangers to be overcome. Kinda felt sorry for them sometimes but it was great fun. Ultimately, at the top of the food chain of adversaries is one that literally dwarfs them all and threatens everyone. Something is making stars disappear, and it appears to be headed their way.
This book is kind of an engineer’s dream: it is chock full of carefully thought out applications and extrapolations of real science in many fields, including space travel and medicine. One brilliant idea, for example, is that the mysterious (in real life) energy that is evident in experiments involving the Casimir Effect is used as a super-efficient means and energy source for space travel. However, one of the things that keeps this from being a 5-star book is that the author sometimes waits until many pages after the introduction of a futuristic technology, like said Casimir Effect, to explain it, and even then the explanations are geared toward those with prior knowledge of the subjects (it will help to keep Google at the ready). What was missing were the kind of science-for-the-layman explanations we got from Michael Crichton in Jurassic Park.
In explanation of my title for this review, the emotional tone of this novel is like the serious-but-in-a-light-hearted-kind-of-way we saw in Star Wars. For instance, the AIs, OMCOM and MINIMCOM, are engineering marvels and do serious work, but they are personalized in a style just short of C3PO and R2D2, including the ability to make jokes and become indignant.
To summarize, this book is 500 pages (in 12-point type) of technology-oriented adventure. The characters are kind of standard sci-fi types, but at least the protagonist, Rei, grows a bit, because , like many of us geeks lost in the universe, it takes the love of a good telepathic woman (and eventually their telepathic baby) to bring out the hero in him.